Google’s changing its search algorithm to punish sites that emphasize search-engine optimization over quality. Mountain View’s data centers will exclude sites that offer no useful content, have articles written in keyword-sprinkled gibberish or only link to sites within a cluster. If the computers find it, the site’s pagerank will be demoted, with the company expecting to affect around three percent of all English language queries when it goes live later this week. The company isn’t providing more details (lest it help those trying to game the system), so just get all of those gratuitous Justin Bieber references out of your system before Friday, okay? via – Engadget
Most hard drives make certain sounds when they start failing, but every drive and brand of drive is different. Data recovery company Data Cent has put together a database of sounds that let you know what’s going wrong with your drive.
If you hear your hard drive making some weird noises, it’s possible that it might be nearing the end of its life. With Data Cent’s bank of failing hard drive sounds, you can diagnose the most likely culprit of the problem, back up your data quickly, and take it in to see if its salvageable. Whether you’ve got a Western Digital, Seagate, Maxtor, or other brand drive, Data Cent probably has a recording of the sound you’re experiencing, and you can move on from there. We’ve mentioned one similar database before, but this is a bit more all-inclusive, since it adds sounds for lots of different drive brands. Hit the link to check out the database. Photo by DijutalTim. Via – Lifehacker